Photographer's Note

The photo shows Paterness Manor near Eckernförde. It demonstrates how a wise farmer is taking advantage of obviously useless material (I think you’ll agree that the heap of stones makes this otherwise quite idyllic place look untidy) thus providing cover for plenty of creatures. He is putting such piles in different places around the pond to encourage as many species as possible such as insects, invertebrates and birds.
But where do all the stones come from?
Twelve thousand years ago the last glaciers crept across Northern Europe. As the glaciers pushed through, they left piles of rubble in their wakes, called moraines. They were made up of sand, stones and clays. The stones are angular, as they have not yet been rounded by water action. When it comes to sowing and planting, these stones can be a big-time headache. The irritating boulders can cause damage to machinery. But this is not the only reason why it is important to get them out of the way. Young sprouts aren’t strong enough to move the heavy stones. It stunts their growth and sometimes kills them.

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Additional Photos by Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2507 W: 0 N: 6666] (23777)
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